Three years ago, Red Bull energy drink’s international program that scouts unique, localized culture to highlight under the banner of competition challenged New Orleans brass bands to the ultimate battle of the bands: a second line contest. Without a doubt, there is no where else in the world where you could host such a battle, [...]
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“It wasn’t really our choice not have another album; it’s just we had went through a lot of trials and tribulations,” says Hot 8 Brass Band founder Bennie Pete (sousaphone) of the group’s recent release, The Life & Times of the Hot 8 Brass Band, their first full-length since 2007′s Rock with the Hot 8 [...]
It’s unexpected that an album by a New Orleans ensemble named the Mainline Brass Band would open with a guitar solo instead of a big sousaphone beat or a blast of horns. Considering this and other stylistic diversions, one might wonder if this self-titled disc really boasts brass band music. In today’s world where non-street [...]
Talk about fanfare, folks: Kick off what’s already a jam-packed weekend of events Friday, September 28 with “Beats of the Streets: The Brass Brand Tradition in New Orleans,” the second annual NolaLoyola program by way of the Center for the Study of New Orleans at Loyola University. The full day of events is free and [...]
For Earl Scioneaux III, sometimes the best ideas are the ones that are hidden in plain sight. The Preservation Hall recording engineer and mind behind 2009′s Electronola is back with plans to re-imagine and record four popular Daft Punk songs this summer through the lens of a New Orleans brass band. As he put it, [...]
The idea for this one was to pick up on the plan for the Dozen’s fifth album back in 1991, Open Up: Whatcha Gonna Do with the Rest of Your Life?, with each member writing his own composition. But after 35 years of life together on and off the road, it’s not easy for the [...]
When the Stooges Brass Band rolled into Red Bull Studios Los Angeles with producer Mannie Fresh, it was a meeting of two titans of New Orleans street music. The Stooges are at the top of their game right now. Led by Walter “Whoadie” Ramsey and original band members Andrew “Drew” Baham and Ersell “Garfield” Bogan, [...]
This week, the Soul Rebels have been in San Francisco opening for, of all bands, Metallica. In each set, they did at least one Metallica song: here’s footage of them covering “Enter Sandman.” Here’s an excerpt of their version of “For Whom the Bell Tolls”: They also joined Metallica during their set for “Seek and [...]
Tonight, the Brass-a-holics play Le Bon Temps Roule. Here’s the “go-go brass funk band,” as the Hornets announcer explains in his introduction to the band when it performed at halftime at the Hive last season.
Martin Krusche (bald and on saxophone in the video) leads the pocket brass band the Magnetic Ear, here shown performing a version of Nirvana’s “In Bloom.” Krusche will perform tonight at Snug Harbor at 8 and 10 p.m.